So you have some exciting plans for the Michigan weekend. You’re going to take some of your Walled Lake, Michigan friends out on the boat for some water skiing. Of course, you’ve gotten the boat all ready. And you haven’t forgotten about your tow vehicle. You’ve gassed it up and even vacuumed it out. However, there is something even more important than the cleanliness of the interior: you want to make sure that your SUV maintenance is up to date.
Think about it – heavy freeway traffic on the way out of Walled Lake. There’s hilly terrain as you get to the lake. Some dirt roads – and it's going to be pretty hot in Walled Lake this weekend. And all the time you’ll be towing around several thousand extra pounds. That all adds up a lot of severe strain on your engine, brakes and transmission.
Let’s just consider the transmission. It’s going to be working overtime, spending more time in lower gears. The internal transmission temperature is going to be much higher than normal. A fun little blast to the local Michigan lake for you is really severe duty for your transmission.
It’s key to have enough transmission fluid. If it runs low, the transmission will run hotter and won’t have the protection it needs to cope with the added stress of towing. Transmission fluid breaks down and gets dirty over time. Whether you have an automatic or manual transmission, it's essential for Walled Lake car owners to have it serviced by automotive professionals like the team at Tuffy Walled Lake to make sure it runs efficiently.
An automatic transmission contains a maze of passages through which the fluid must pass to keep it shifting smoothly. If you neglect regularly scheduled transmission service, the passages can get clogged up and you start to have problems.
Walled Lake drivers who neglect their transmission for too long will eventually experience transmission failure. You really don’t want to pay for a major transmission repair.
This reminds us of how much of our driving around Walled Lake, Michigan is under severe conditions. Towing or hauling a big load is obvious, but there are lots of other things that constitute severe driving conditions. Things like short trips, driving in very hot or very cold weather. Dusty roads and city driving around Walled Lake, Michigan add to the strain. Basically, any driving that’s not at highway speeds or under ideal conditions.
While you have your vehicle in, ask for a trip inspection. Your service specialist at Tuffy Walled Lake will check your belts and hoses and let you know if your brakes are in good shape.
Now, don’t forget the sunscreen.
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